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Butzel Long elects new shareholders

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long has announced the following attorneys have been elected new shareholders: Beth I. deBaptiste, John A. Forrest, Andrew M. Friedman and Steven M. Raymond. deBaptiste, Forrest and Raymond were among the group of May, Simpson Strote attorneys who recently joined Butzel.

Beth I. deBaptiste

Based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office, Beth I. deBaptiste concentrates her practice in construction law, construction and title insurance litigation, real estate law and litigation and civil business litigation. She is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, Macomb County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, and Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan – Construction Law Committee. deBaptiste earned a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Albion College .

John A. Forrest

Based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office, John A. Forrest focuses his practice in the areas of franchise and distribution law, commercial contracts and business planning and corporate law. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Antitrust, Franchising and Trade Regulation Section (Past Chair); Member of Franchise Committee; and American Bar Association Forum Committee on Franchising. Forrest earned an L.L.M. in Taxation from Wayne State University; a J.D from the University of Detroit Mercy; and, an A.B. with high distinction from the University of Michigan .

Andrew M. Friedman

Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Andrew M. Friedman primarily represents clients involved in government investigations. He has defended some of the largest corporations in the country in criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions, as well as in parallel administrative, regulatory and civil litigation. In particular, Friedman has substantial experience and expertise defending investigations involving antitrust, securities, foreign corrupt practices, banking law, hedge funds, export controls and contractor corruption. He also has significant experience counseling individuals and corporations involved in congressional investigations.

Friedman has guided clients through voluntary disclosures to civil and criminal enforcement bodies and proactive enhancements to their ethics and compliance functions as well.

Steven M. Raymond

Based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office, Steven M. Raymond concentrates his practice in the areas of franchise law, title insurance, real estate law, business civil litigation, business and corporate law and probate and estate law. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan – Real Property Section and Probate Section. He serves on the Board of Directors of Marian High School; Director, Robert E. Burke Trust Fund; Finance Council and SEED Director, Holy Name Church. Raymond earned his J.D. from the University of Detroit and his B.S. from Western Michigan University.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in the United States. It was founded in 1854, and is marking its 160th anniversary of providing trusted client service. Butzel’s full-service offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting